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Tim Z

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  1. I have the first Pro X version v12.5.2.284 which only has the 12 GB of samples for Independence. There's not much in those 12 gigs that really works well for me, but I do really like the Simple Pad Basic and Simple Pad Two. I will record some stuff (mostly lead synths) with the guitar synth, and other stuff with a keyboard. I can probably get by with synth pads and strings, but I do really want real brass samples. Maybe the Independence Brass might be the way to go, if you're confident that they should work for the foreseeable future?
  2. Thanks very much for the help and info man. One thing to note is that most of my string and brass uses will be in Jazz, Rock, Funk, R&B, Blues & Fusion music. I will not be doing any classical style orchestra stuff. So would the Garritan stuff still work for that? It does sound very good, but also very good for classical symphony music. I thought the Independence Brass samples sounded awesome and in the style I would use them. In a response from Magix support they indicated to me that Independence was a dead product from their end. I can't remember the exact words they used, but that was the impression they left me with.
  3. Following up on my Independence questions, for synths I have decided to go with either u-he Diva or Zebra 2. So I still need some good sampled strings and brass. What are some good suggestions under $100 each? I would consider the Independence String library for $65, but I am fearful that it will become obsolete and not work in Samp since Magix has abandoned Independence.
  4. Thanks very much for the info guys. I guess I will give up on the Independence idea then. I may still consider just getting the Strings library for only $65 though. I will check out those other synths John. For now I think my favorite I have tried is u-he Diva.
  5. And how does that "observation" help the discussion? And now you are making assumptions about someone's wishes from a few posts here? For me it is very simple; if you post a question that I can answer, then I will answer and try to help you. If I don't have an answer, then I won't say anything.
  6. Terry, saying that I must be new to computers does nothing at all to help this discussion, and can only be taken as putting someone down! If you want to put me down or make fun of me, please do it by PM or email. If it matters to you, I have been on computers since the early 80;s and I have built all of my own PC's since the late 90's. I have been using Samplitude for the past 25 years, on which I have recorded hundreds of local artists as well as 6 of my own albums. My statement was more about I didn't trust saving a file posted to my system and why was it not a link to an online source. This info should be posted at the Magix site about Independence. Then people like me would not have to post what some of you may consider dumb questions here. Regardless, I (reluctantly) saved the text file to my hard drive and have viewed it. It does appear that the synths are not what I would be looking for. I may just get the strings and brass and then also purchase Diva, but for the time being will continue to search for other and all alternatives. So is that complete list that Christian posted everything that is in the "Pro" version, does it offer more or less than the Pro version?
  7. Thanks Christian Unfortunately that link you provided does not work for me? It asks me to save a file which I am very hesitant to do. Is it supposed to be a link to an online list? As far as I am aware the only synths I have that came with Pro X are Independence Basic and Revolta 2. Independence is okay for a few selections (pads not synths), but I have not found Revolta to be of much use at all. Are there others I am unaware of? I really like the u-he synths Diva and Hive, but was hoping that the Independence library might be a less expensive option. Omnisphere, while I know it is great, is just way too expensive for my limited needs and uses.
  8. Kontakt what? They seem to make a ton of products. Anyway, from what I can see it is overkill and way too expensive for my needs.
  9. Thanks Terry, but yes I knew that. I don't have Independence Pro. I have the freebee version that came with Pro X, which doesn't have very much in it that I can use. What I am asking mainly is where can I see the full list of instruments and or synths that come with the add-ons? I do not want to purchase them only to find out that it does not have what I want. I wish there was a way to demo them first?
  10. I don't do a lot of midi or sampled music projects, but I do on occasion use synths, strings and brass in my recordings. I have been looking at various VST synth options, but have recently been looking at the Independence add on libraries. Some questions about them: 1) Is there no way to see the full list of instruments and/or synth patches in each library? Why is Magix being so secretive about the libraries? Are they not interested in selling them? 2) The tiny bit of samples you can listen to at the library site do sound very good; especially the brass and strings. Are they really that good, or are there other better options I could look into for around the same price? 3) I also want really good synth pads and leads, but the sound sample they offer demonstrates nothing in those areas. Does anyone know if the Synth library has lots of choices for pads and leads. For leads I am thinking of stuff like Chick Corea, Jeff Beck, Pat Metheny, 80's 90;s fusion etc. How can I see and hear the sounds in this library? 4) Any other really good full feature VST apps that would be worth looking into for under $300. Primarily for Synth, Brass and Strings Much appreciated Tim
  11. I figured out how you set the bend range in Helix. In the Matrix section you select the Pitchw choice and then set the bend range accordingly in that section. It doesn't appear to have settings for up & down though. I find the sound quality of this synth to be very good.
  12. The sound quality of this one is awesome http://www.audjoo.com/h/Helix.htm but setting the bend range is hard to do (if at all) I have sent him an email asking about bend range.
  13. Yeah, Hive was the other one I really liked, but there is something about Diva that really sticks out for me. Got any other similar VST synths that you might recommend I check out?
  14. Thanks for the help. Wonder why they hid it so well? I would never have found that. Anyway, I'll have to conclude that Revolta is just not good for use with guitar. I hate to have to spend money on a soft synth that I won't use a lot, but the u-he synths are really good for my use. Will probably purchase Diva.
  15. I use a guitar synth and bend range settings are very important for me. I cannot find anywhere in Revolta 2 where I can set the Bend Range. Surely it must have it somewhere. Anyone know?
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